Seeking a man date

The NYT has coined the term “man date” for when two heterosexual men nervously spend time together without the excuse of business or sports. It all sounds rather like something from King of the Hill: Depending on the activity and on the two men involved, an undercurrent of homoeroticism that may be present determines what feels comfortable or not on a man date, as Mr. Speiser and Mr. Putman discovered in their squeamishness at the Modern.